NPCA's Park Advocate » wildlife News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Parks Sound Off Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:17 +0000 What does your day-to-day life sound like? Soundscapes, like landscapes, are unique. They ground us in a place, providing clues as to where we are and what we can expect. Sounds, like sights and smells, add to our understanding, appreciation, and experience of a place. Our national parks have soundscapes, too. What we hear is […]]]> 4 Bringing Down the Dams Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:59 +0000 People talk about overcoming obstacles, but when advocates literally move tons of concrete to help their local river and its wildlife, it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase. This summer, the landscapes of two mighty rivers in the Chesapeake watershed will experience an awakening. Several organizations are working together to remove two dams—the […]]]> 0 12 of America’s Best National Park Beaches Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:06:34 +0000 Still recovering from the long, cold winter … or just need some sun and surf in your travel plans this year? NPCA staff pick a dozen of the best beach vacation spots at national parks around the country. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered […]]]> 7 Meet 9 Endangered National Park Animals Fri, 16 May 2014 12:27:25 +0000 The news is grim for many threatened plants and animals struggling to adapt to habitat loss, changing climate patterns, development, and other dangers. Fortunately, national parks provide habitat for many species with fewer and fewer places to go. National parks have also been the settings for success stories putting previously endangered animals on the road […]]]> 0 Got Milkweed? Crowdfunding Creates a Butterfly Effect for National Parks Thu, 15 May 2014 13:42:57 +0000 Late last month, 30 middle-school students in Queens, New York, planted 200 new milkweed plants at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to provide habitat for one of America’s best-known insects, the monarch butterfly. Almost as remarkable as the improvements a few dozen students could make in just one day was how they got there in […]]]> 0 12 of the Quirkiest National Park Animals Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:55 +0000 2 Sock Thief Confronts Climate Change: A Pika Tale Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:21:02 +0000 It’s startlingly sunny and windswept beside the lake I have hiked two hours uphill to see in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of Colorado. My shoes and socks are off, my muscles are the good kind of tired, and I’m sitting on a rock in the middle of a scree field next to water that is […]]]> 0 Take an Online Tour of the Buffalo, America’s First National River Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:28:48 +0000 Congress designated the Buffalo as America’s first national river back in 1972; today, it remains one of the last undammed rivers in the country. In recent months, NPCA has helped protect its sensitive waters by taking legal action against an unprecedented factory farm that sits on a major tributary of the river. These photos showcase […]]]> 0 Lone Wolves on Michigan’s Isle Royale: An Island Dilemma Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:46:48 +0000 Isle Royale National Park’s remote wilderness is, in many visitors’ opinions, one of its best attributes. But this isolation may be contributing to the decline of one of its most beloved residents: wolves. These magnificent animals originally migrated to Isle Royale by crossing over ice bridges from the mainland, but because of the warming climate, […]]]> 0 The Fisher Kingdom Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:58:19 +0000 The Pacific fisher once roamed the forests of the northwestern United States, building dens and raising kits among the old-growth forests of the Cascade Mountains. Now, after decades of trapping and logging, the animals are all but gone from Washington State. Last month, the Park Service proposed a new program to bring more of these […]]]> 1